The pre-study period is considered to be up to 17 weeks before the start of full-time studies for the current academic year. For example, if you finish high school in June and are starting post-secondary studies the following September, your pre-study period is the time between the day you finished high school and the start of classes in September—about 9 weeks.
A pre-study period cannot be less than 4 weeks in duration. For example, a break between the end of the fall semester and the start of the winter semester is not a pre-study period unless the break is 4 weeks or more.
Since applications are often submitted and processed several weeks prior to the start of the study period, you will need to estimate your gross earnings during your pre-study period.
Because your first semester loans will be issued based upon this estimate, you must confirm the actual amount by submitting an Income Confirmation Form. When submitting the form, ensure you provide accurate information and not an approximate or estimated amount.
Deadline: This form must be submitted no earlier than the first day of classes for the current academic year and no later than 8 weeks after the start of classes. Failure to submit the form on time will result in the forfeiture of your Up-front Provincial Grant and/or additional loans for that semester.
The Income Confirmation Form is also a critical part of the application process for the second semester. Once the deadline date for the first semester has expired, the Income Confirmation Form will still be required prior to releasing any further financial assistance.
Note: If the assessment for the first semester shows that your financial resources exceed your costs (a negative assessed need), but the assessment for the second semester shows you will receive funding, you are still required to submit an Income Confirmation Form during the first semester.
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